Piracy


Slow steaming an open invitation to pirates*

[*This article was original published in the May 2013 issue of Marine Matters. It is reprinted here with the permission of the publisher, Mr. Aldert van Nieuwkoop.] Piracy has been a fact of the maritime world since ancient times. Merchantships are the products, conveyors and producers of great wealth. They […]

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Protecting the rights of children suspected of piracy: Industry initiative looks to incorporate children’s rights into anti-piracy guidelines*

Moves to incorporate the rights of detained Somali children suspected of working with pirate groups into ship security standards, have received a cautious response. Canada’s Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative is spearheading the move, in discussion with the shipping and maritime security industries (see IHS Maritime Fairplay, 6 June 2013). […]

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Child Pirates an increasing threat to maritime security

In an article published by Fairplay Magazine, entitled “Target: Child Pirates,” author Girjia Shettar explores the work being done by the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and the Dalhousie Marine Piracy Project (DMPP) on the phenomenon of child maritime piracy. It is likely no coincidence that the countries which are […]

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Maritime Blindness*

Consumers and their governments are generally unconcerned that 90 per cent of the world’s trade is conducted by the international shipping industry. The oceanic transportation industry has transformed the industrialized world into a “just-in-time” manufacturing zone, in which “our warehouses now float,” as Canada’s Rear-Admiral David Gardam, commander of the […]

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A look inside the next issue of Canadian Naval Review

The next issue of Canadian Naval Review (Vol. 9, No. 2) will be available in early August. Editor Dr. Ann Griffiths has released the Table of Contents and it contains an array of articles on everything from migrant smuggling and protection against piracy to a celebration of naval aviation and […]

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The Invisible Phenomenon of Child Piracy

In March 2011, Indian naval forces operating in the Arabian Sea captured the Mozambique-flagged fishing vessel Vega 5. Somali pirates had kidnapped the trawler’s original crew several months earlier.  They subsequently refurbished the stolen craft into an operationally significant ‘mothership’. Of the 61 marauders who were arrested during the Indian […]

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Child Soldiers Initiative releases report on Piracy

The Child Soldiers Initiative, directed by Dr. Shelly Whitman at Dalhousie University, has released a groundbreaking report entitled Children and Youth in Marine Piracy: Causes, Consequences and the Way Forward.  The report can be downloaded from their website under Publications or by going directly to the document here. The report […]

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Maritime Security Challenges Conference, 1-3 October 2012

The 5th iteration in the successful Maritime Security Challenges (MSC) conference series, will take place in Victoria, BC, Canada. MSC 2012 is presented by Royal Roads University in cooperation with Maritime Forces Pacific of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The venue for the conference […]

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A Secure Ocean Commons – Are We Doing Enough?

A safe and secure ocean commons has been a goal for decades. Initiatives to achieve this tend to have their roots in significant events that become forcing functions for change. For example, attention was focused on the security of ships and ports immediately after the 2001 attacks in New York […]

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More misguided efforts

On 23 March, Jeremy Binnie, Jane’s Defence Weekly Middle East/Africa Editor in London, reported that the EU had expanded the area of operations for the EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) counter-piracy mission to include Somali coastal territory and internal waters.  Binnie’s opinion is that EUNAVFOR would attempt to “disrupt pirate logistics […]

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